President Bush and Congress are showing a lack of leadership by putting off tough decisions on national issues, a senior House Democratic leader said Friday. "While I can tell you many nice things about George Bush, the simple fact is that right now he's failing the leadership test," said Dan Rostenkowski of Illinois, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. "He's given us a laundry list rather than a list of priorities. By saying we should spend a little more on a lot of good things, he's protected us from making significant gains in any area of our national life," Rostenkowski said in a speech to the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association in Phoenix. Bushes spending weekend in Maine President Bush and his wife, Barbara, are spending the three-day Presidents' Day weekend at their oceanfront home in Kennebunkport, Maine. Bush held a Cabinet meeting, had lunch with Vice President Dan Quayle and conferred with Secretary of State James Baker before a midafternoon departure. He and his wife plan to return Monday.
Baker to address U.N. drug session Secretary of State James Baker, who has just signed agreements with Bolivia and Peru aimed at curbing the cocaine trade, will address a United Nations special session on the drug problem, the State Department said Friday. Baker will address the special U.N. meeting Tuesday, department spokesman Richard Boucher said. "The United States is hopeful that the special session will result in a stronger, more balanced, multilateral role for the United Nations in drug control," Boucher said.
Many don't expect benefits, poll says Nearly half of working American adults do not believe Social Security will be able to pay them benefits when they retire, according to a survey released Thursday by a private research institute. The December survey of 1,001 adults found that 49 percent of those who had not yet retired were confident Social Security would be able to pay them benefits, 47 percent did not expect to get benefits and 4 percent were unsure. The survey found that confidence in Social Security benefits was highest among those who were closest to retirement. The survey had a margin of error of three percentage points.